Current Board of Directors

Directors are elected yearly by the Active Members at the Annual General Meeting of the Land Trust. New Directors are recruited through a comprehensive process based on the skills required for the Board. All Directors serve on a volunteer basis.

If you are interested in becoming a Director for the Land Trust, please contact us at:

Vernon & District Community Land Trust
c/o Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan
3105 33rd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 9P7

Phone: (250) 540-8572
E-mail: info@communitylandtrust.ca

Randy Kolibaba, Board Chair

Randy is an experienced and respected member of the RCMP who recently retired after thirty four years of distinguished service. Through his many years in law enforcement, he has become clearly aware that public safety & crime are directly depended on prevailing social issues. Although dedicated to his work throughout the region, Randy has a commitment to Vernon with a grass roots understanding that safe and affordable housing is a basic requirement for a healthy community

Jane Lister, Board Secretary-Treasurer

Jane Lister is the Regional Dean at Okanagan College’s – Vernon Campus and previously spent twenty-one years in the role of General Manager at Community Futures – North Okanagan.  During this time, she has participated on the City of Vernon’s Affordable Housing Committee and has been actively involved in housing initiatives in the North Okanagan and throughout her career, Jane has developed strong partnerships in government, community organizations and businesses.  Currently she is involved with the City of Vernon’s Economic Development Committee, the Okanagan Rail Trail Society, North Okanagan Refugee Committee, and is a member of the Vernon Estate Planning Council. Jane has a B.A. and a M.B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Melissa

Melissa Munn, Board Vice Chair

Melissa is a Professor in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies departments at Okanagan College. She recently joined the Board of the Community Land Trust and over the last 20+ years she has been involved with other not-for-profit groups, many of which have dealt with housing issues.  Melissa is hoping that her previous experience with anti-poverty, transitional housing and social justice groups, will allow her to work with the other Directors (and community partners) to find innovative ways to meet the diverse housing needs in Vernon.

Marty Gilbert

Marty has been a Vernon resident since 1995 and a licensed real estate agent since 2003. He has a background in finance and was previously employed as an investment advisor and an auditor. He owns multiple rental/development properties in BC and Saskatchewan giving him a deep knowledge of investment property. He lives on an acreage with his wife and three children (plus dogs and chickens). With deep roots in the community, he recognizes the challenge many Vernon residents have finding suitable rental homes. He was previously on the Board of Directors for Vernon’s Hesperia project in the Okanagan Landing area.

Joe Pearson

Joe Pearson

Joe is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in real estate.  He is an Associate Broker with Remax in Vernon and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Land Trust table, particularly in identifying suitable land which can be developed into affordable housing.  He was a founding member of the Land Trust and is past chairman of both the Advisory Planning Committee and the Economic Development Committee for the District of Coldstream. He is a Past President of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, a Director of the BC Real Estate Association and is currently the elected member for the County of Yale, of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the regulatory agency for the Industry. Joe’s understanding of the challenges and solutions of affordable housing in our community is a valuable asset to the Board of the Land Trust.

Margaret Penner

Margaret Penner has worked in the Hospitality Industry in Vernon since moving here with her family in 1982.  She worked in management at Silver Star for 20 years and as Director of Sales & Marketing at Predator Ridge.  Margaret understands that affordable housing is a key factor in attracting and retaining quality staff.
She is passionate about the “Service Industry”, working as a trainer for several local companies as well as her own small businesses. She was one of the founding Sponsors of the “Go Award” – a program recognizing Above & Beyond Service for front line workers in Vernon.
Margaret believes everyone; including low – middle income employees and seniors deserve a safe healthy home, and is part of The Land Trust Board to work toward this commitment.

Ken Stewart

Ken Stewart

Ken spent twenty-one years with Bell Pole Company in various capacities ~ the last 10 years as President. Prior to the Land Trust Ken was involved with the City of Vernon’s Hesperia project  – a land-housing project in the Okanagan Landing area.  He continues to be active in the community in a variety of ways and enjoys living in Vernon.

Gary Youde

Gary spent over 30 years with Urban Systems Ltd., an inter-disciplinary professional practice providing planning, engineering, environmental science, and urban design services to both public and private sector clients throughout Western Canada. During his time with the firm he was involved in a variety of roles but largely focused on community and development planning throughout British Columbia and Southern Alberta.Throughout his career, Gary was involved in assisting communities in identifying the location of future housing and the means whereby vacant land could be transformed into well planned, integrated communities. In his role as a community planner, Gary increasingly came to appreciate the need for affordable housing. Upon his retirement, he joined the Land Trust Board in an effort to apply his previous experience to working with fellow Directors, government and community partners in helping provide housing to low and moderate income individuals in the Vernon region.

Sarah Slack, Executive Director

Sarah is a Community Planner. She is passionate about working with communities to ensure that everyone has an safe place to call home. She believes that stable affordable housing is the necessary foundation for healthy families and vibrant communities. Sarah is thrilled to be working with the Vernon and District Community Land Trust to increase the supply of affordable housing for people with low and moderate incomes in the region.

Sarah has extensive experience providing leadership and community service in the non-profit, municipal, and health sectors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.